New Zealand Christians in Science connects Christian scientists  and resources the church, students and the wider community on faith and science. 

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What do we do?

NZCIS holds a full programme of lectures, webinars, seminars and conferences. These happen both nationally, online and in various locations around the country.
Explore our Upcoming Events HERE
For information about Past Events: HERE

Our three main aims are to:

  • Support Christians who work in the fields of science.
  • Encourage discussion on matters of faith and science within universities, theological colleges and churches.
  • Engage the public on issues of theology and its interplay with science.

NZCIS works in partnership with organisations such as ISCAST Australia; see below for more information.

NZCIS has been funded for six years by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

NZCIS is committed to:

  • Promoting dialogue between Christians and scientists within New Zealand society.
  • Promoting and supporting Christians in the science professions, defined here as professions in the fields of science, medicine, engineering, technology and mathematics.
  • Educating students and professionals in issues of intersection between the Christian faith and science.
  • Promoting the integration of science and faith to the Christian churches of New Zealand.
  • Promoting constructive discussion around science and Christian faith in the wider New Zealand society.
  • Working actively with university students, especially science students, to promote integrative reflection and study.

The Board of NZCIS:


NZCIS Advisors – view HERE

  • Dr. Ruth Barton: University of Auckland
  • Professor Grant Gillett: Otago University–Anatomy
  • Professor Gareth Jones: Otago University–Anatomy
  • Emeritus Professor Carolyn King: Waikato University
  • Professor Jenny Salmond: Auckand University –Geography
  • Professor Helen Nicholson: Otago University –DVC
  • Associate Professor Philip Pattemore: Otago University Medical School in Christchurch
  • Emeritus Professor George Seber: Auckland University –mathematics
  • Professor Andrew Shelling: Auckland University Medical School
  • Professor Jeffrey Tallon: Victoria University –physics
  • Dr Zachary Ardern: Technical University of Munich –evolutionary biology

Our Sponsors

John Templeton Foundation:
A Philanthropic organization that supports scientific and theological research on a range of topics and encourages informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians.

Wilberforce Foundation:
A New Zealand foundation established to support faith-based organizations working towards making a positive impact on local communities.

Maclaurin Chapel:
The Maclaurin-Goodfellow Board donated Maclaurin Chapel to the University of Auckland and oversees and funds the chaplaincy work at Maclaurin Chapel

Our Partners

NZCIS is partnered with similar organisations around the world on an informal basis. (Click on the image to link to their website)

Theological and Natural Sciences in Aotearoa (TANSA):
This organisation represents theologians who are interested in the intersection between faith and science. Our seminars and conferences are run jointly with TANSA.

A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand:
Part of the international Christian environmental conservation organisation, A Rocha.

Christians in Science in the United Kingdom (CIS):
This is the United Kingdom version of NZCIS and supports scientists with faith.

The Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology (ISCAST):
ISCAST is an Australian organisation dedicated to exploring the interface between science and the Christian faith.

The American Scientific Affiliation:
An US-based, international network for Christians in the sciences.

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion:
A United Kingdom society based in Cambridge, England, focusing on academic discussions around faith and science.

St Barnabas Anglican Church:
An Anglican parish in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wellington Cathedral of St Paul:
A Cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Wellington.

St Johns church, Wellington
A Presbyterian church focused on inner-city mission in Wellington.

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland:
An Anglican church governed and directed by Cathedral Council.

Professor Joseph Bulbulia:
Maclaurin Goodfellow Chair in Theological and Religious Studies.


We are committed to deepening our relationship with Māori and with other faiths. We are open to suggestions for speakers and topics. We have already entered into dialogue with the Muslim Chaplain at the UoA about the formation of a new inter-faith group interacting with science on campus.

Our members often contribute to journals and blogs:

  • Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science
  • Theology and Science
  • Faraday papers
  • Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
  • Biologos
  • Faith and thought
  • Science & Christian Belief